Voting Irregularities: Top Bangladesh election official warns of poll suspension in case of voting irregularities

DHAKA: Bangladesh is but to see a “beneficial atmosphere” for the upcoming polls in January, a prime election official stated on Thursday, warning that within the occasion of voting irregularities, your complete ballot course of could be suspended and held afresh. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Habibul Awal’s remarks got here in response to escalating tensions within the capital Dhaka over simultaneous rallies introduced by the ruling and opposition events in a present of energy.
“We wish to organise the election. Because the organiser, we wish to say, the beneficial atmosphere we have been anticipating has not been achieved but,” Awal informed reporters.
He, nonetheless, stated his workplace was making ready to conduct the polls as scheduled.
Requested what measures the fee would take if the polls weren’t performed correctly and there have been widespread irregularities.
“In such a state of affairs, I might haven’t any selection however to droop the election course of throughout your complete nation. Subsequently, new elections could be organised. Now we have to take this measure (if required),” he replied.
Amid rising tensions in Dhaka over simultaneous rallies referred to as by the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Celebration (BNP) within the capital on October 28, authorities have intensified safety vigils.
The BNP stated it could maintain the October 28 rally in entrance of the central occasion workplace in Nayapaltan, to which police stated no political occasion could be allowed to stage rallies on any avenue.
The Awami League additionally sought police permission to stage the rally on the south gate of Baitul Mukarram, to which the police additionally steered two various venues.
The ruling occasion, nonetheless, informed the police it should maintain it “peace rally” on the proposed venue.
“The persons are not frightened with their (authorities’s) ‘conflict preparedness’ and intimidating perspective,” BNP Secretary Basic Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir stated.
Awami League common secretary and highway transport minister Obaidul Quader, alternatively, stated the BNP programmes or the international actions couldn’t mount any strain on the federal government.
“We really feel no strain,” he stated at a information briefing.
The CEC’s feedback got here amid hypothesis that the opposition BNP calls for the restoration of the election time non-party caretaker authorities system, underneath which 4 elections from 1991 to 2008 have been held.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League occasion is in opposition to reintroducing the caretaker authorities system which requires amending the Structure once more.
The BNP and its right-wing allies stated they’d not participate in any election underneath the incumbent authorities, saying they concern there will likely be rigging.
Regulation minister Anisul Huq on Thursday bolstered the federal government’s stance, saying after the declaration of the election schedule by the election fee, the incumbent authorities would begin performing because the ‘election-time authorities’.
He informed reporters that the Supreme Courtroom has declared that the caretaker authorities system is in battle with the constitutional spirit and requires the federal government to scrap the association and amend the Structure once more, which isn’t attainable.
Main Western nations together with the US have insisted that there be truthful, credible and inclusive polls in Bangladesh.

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